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August “Hands” Hartkopt circa 1966

August “Hands” Hartkopf, born on December 24, 1931, was an Austin drag racer and owner of the original Austin Speed Shop in the 1960s located on Barton Springs Road. Butch Lake is another name you will hear. Butch Lake and August Hartkopf were step brothers and both were actively involved in racing and building performance engines. August Hartkopf passed away April 15, 1967. On his gravestone is engraved N.H.R.A. National Champion E Gas 1961. — with August Hartkopf at South Austin.

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